Portland United Church
Help required – It’s time for spring clean up at the Portland United Church Cemetery and we need some additional helpers as our Cemetery Committee has been reduced to two people – Blaine Tackaberry and Bruce Haskin. In addition to the spring clean up, there is a bit of work later in the year, but the time requirements are not extensive. If you would like to join, please contact Annette Clarke at the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-272-2002) and she will connect you with Blaine.
At the PUC Council meeting on Tuesday, the Council agreed to keep the church closed through the duration of the lockdown and for several weeks thereafter due to the severity of COVID variants. The PUC Council will review reopening plans at the next PUC Council meeting on Tuesday, June 1. There are currently 132 active cases in the United Counties of Lanark, Leeds, & Grenville with 10 active cases in ULGC West (our region).
We would recommend the following four options for viewing a service in the safety of your home:
- Rideau Pastoral Charge Service
- Wesley United Church in Newfoundland – service should start at 9:30 a.m. our time. Scroll down for live service link box in the middle of the page
- A later service – 11 a.m. at Bethel UC Rideau Ferry
- Bracebridge United Church, Bracebridge, ON
- St. John’s United Church, Kemptville, ON
Elgin United Church
In the midst of all that is happening in and around our lives, it is easy and understandable for us to become sullen, withdrawn and depressed. It is often difficult to realize that even with our apparent troubles, on the grand scale, we are so privileged. Never lose track of the fact that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41.10
Elgin Council meets on April 27th. An update on in-person and alternative worship will be provided following the meeting. Blessings.
Chair EUC Council
The Profile committee
The Profile committee asked for your HELP & you responded enthusiastically!
We received 90 surveys. We appreciate all your comments.
Your voice has been heard!
Thank-you for your ongoing support.
Our report, with recommendations based on our research & the survey, will be ready to present to the Official Board & congregations in the coming weeks.
Secretary Annette Clarke
I have decided with the new lockdown I would feel more comfortable working from home. I can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. I will drop into the office to check for messages and pick up the mail from the post office on Wednesday and Thursday. I am able to access the office emails as well as the website from home.
ELGIN: It is time to renew our subscriptions to the Broadview magazine. If you wish to renew please let me know as soon as possible by email or phone. Price is the same, $25.00.
In order to keep the price the same the number of issues has been reduced from 10 to 8 issues. For us to be eligible for the group rate, which is 55% less than the newsstand price, we must have more than 5 subscribers. Please contact me as soon as possible.
Sandra Smith, at email@example.com or 613-359-5713.
PORTLAND: It is time to renew our subscriptions to the Broadview magazine. If you wish to renew please let me know as soon as possible by email or phone. Price is the same, $25.00.
Although we only currently have 4 subscriptions to renew so our cost may increase. For us to be eligible for the group rate, which is 55% less than the newsstand price, we must have more than 5 subscribers. Please contact me as soon as possible.
Connie Cochran, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-272-6747.
Devotional Thought – April 17, 2021
I have the privilege of working with my granddaughter. We started working together last year. As she was 14, her time was limited. But being the quick learner that she is, it did not take her long to surpass the knowledge I could give, and she excelled in customer service, cashiering, and even basic cleaning!!
She has come back again this year and let me tell you, she needs my guidance even less! But something has changed – this year she is working alongside another young lady. They have quickly become friends. And although I was tasked with offering some training to our new employee, my granddaughter has been taking the reins and showing her the ropes, in ways I could not have imagined. I am so blessed.
My reason for relating this story is to draw the spiritual parallel for each of us. Do you remember those days when you had to train your children – potty training, walking, reading, how to bath themselves, first dates, first zits, first car, and on the list could go, ad infinitum! If you were like me, you thought you would not survive some of those ‘experiences’. Add to that, marriages, families, marriage breakups, sicknesses (again, the endless list).
But in all these circumstances, we grew, and they grew. They learned what it means to succeed and for most, also what it means to fail. And for many of us, we have shared these experiences with our children.
Scripture reminds us that we were all as children. We learn, we succeed and sometimes we fail. We have our ups and downs, those times when we want to quit, to give up, to throw in the towel. Then a miracle happens – we get a new job, a new girlfriend, a good mark in Science, an appreciation award, a pat on the back, a chance to work with your granddaughter – the world seems to right itself, and we blossom and become aware of the infinite grace of God. We look around and in gratitude and humility, we offer our praise to Him.
As we continue in these precarious times, taking stock of our lives in ways we never imagined, I want you take the opportunities that come your way, expand your horizons – read a book just for the joy of reading, plant a garden, dig up weeds, spend time with your family, and rejoice – This is the day that the Lord has made; not like tomorrow, nor yesterday. He made today just for you. Make of this day the best you can.
In Christian love,
Liz Church (Pastoral Care Coordinator)